Vocab of the Day (27 October 2014)


German (Deutsch): das Brot

French (Français): le pain

Spanish (Español): el pan

Italian (Italiano): il pane

Dutch (Nederlands): het brood

Czech (Čeština): chleba

Slovenian (Slovenščina): kruh

Polish (Polski): chleb

Russian (Русский): хлеб

Swedish (Svenska): bröd

Finnish (Suomi): leipä


Vocab of the Day (25 October 2014)


German (Deutsch): das Auge/die Augen

French (Français): l’œil/les yeux

Spanish (Español): el ojo/los ojos

Italian (Italiano): il occhio/gli occhi

Dutch (Nederlands): het oog/de ogen

Czech (Čeština): oko/oči

Slovenian (Slovenščina): oko/očesi (dual)/oči (plural)

Polish (Polski): oko/oczy

Russian (Русский): глаз/глаза

Swedish (Svenska): öga (indefinite), ögat (definite)/ögon (indefinite), ögonen (definite)

Finnish (Suomi): silmä/silmät

Animals 2 (Russian-RU)

волк лиса олень зебра
wolf fox deer zebra

дельфин морж акула пингвин
dolphin walrus shark penguin

крокодил черепаха краб медуза
crocodile turtle crab jellyfish

хомяк белка заяц крыса
hamster squirrel hare rat

гусь летучая мышь гусеница оса
goose bat caterpillar wasp

(Jellyfish photo by William Warby.)

New Sporcle game + useful sites

Yet again, I had not intended to be absent from this blog as long as I’ve been! I have been doing most of my language work offline or working on song translations over at LyricsTranslate, so I haven’t had many structured articles to post here. I am close to allowing myself to be talked into beginning Ancient Greek in earnest by my classicist sister (I already study Latin) and into adding Romanian to my ever-increasing list of languages here–this time, at least, I convinced myself to work on what I have a bit more first!

Animals quiz online at Sporcle
Earlier today I finished the animals quiz on Sporcle for anyone to have a go at. You can find it by clicking here. It doesn’t include the last row of animals (ant, fly, bee, spider) simply because there wasn’t enough room! I’ll include them in the next animals game, to go with the lesson of Animals 2 that I’m working on for the blog.

Some useful websites
I’ve accumulated some more useful websites for language learning that I don’t think I mentioned here yet. I hope you check some of them out if you think they could be of use.

Lang-8 is a journal-entry-type website, where you can post entries in the language you’re learning, and native speakers can correct them with a sentence-by-sentence set-up that makes it easy to compare the corrections with your original text. In turn, you earn points by correcting other people’s entries in your native language. Free membership allows you to choose two foreign languages, while the pro option, while fairly expensive, gives you an unlimited number; if, like me, you have over ten languages to work on and you use the site fairly regularly, I think it’s well worth the money. It has been an absolute godsend for me. It may seem that you need to be very proficient to write entries in the foreign language you’re studying, but I’ve gone from pretty much a beginner stage to writing a little blurb in English and translating it into each of my languages without as many problems as one might expect. I think the best way to learn to write and speak in a language is to try, even if you make many mistakes; the best way to remember something is to get it wrong and be corrected, I think!

This is a Czech-language site, but the interface is simple enough that you should be able to navigate fairly easily. It is a Czech dictionary going into various languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Latin, and Esperanto.

Similarly, Sanakirja.org is an online Finnish dictionary (in Finnish), showing translations to and from many different languages simultaneously.

Kaannos is very similar to Sanakirja.org, providing a Finnish-language dictionary with translation to multiple languages simultaneously.

Urbaan Sanakirja
Urbaan Sanakirja is the Finnish-language version of Urban Dictionary. The entries are in Finnish, and are very useful for finding out the meaning of slang and colloquial language.

Anglesko-slovenski slovar
This is a Slovenian-language dictionary to and from English.

This is a Russian site, providing translation to and from many languages, with examples of context.

Teen Slang
As the name suggests, this is a site with explanations of teen slang in Russian.

Numbers 0-20 (Russian-RU)


0 ноль
1 один
2 два
3 три
4 четыре
5 пять
6 шесть
7 семь
8 восемь
9 девять
10 десять
11 одиннадцать
12 дванадцать
13 тринадцать
14 четырнадцать
15 пятнадцать
16 шестнадцать
17 семнадцать
18 восемнадцать
19 девятнадцать
20 двадцать

South American countries (Russian-RU)

Аргентина Боливия Бразилия Чили
Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile

Колумбия Эквадор Гайана Парагвай
Colombia Ecuador Guyana Paraguay

Перу Суринам Уругвай Венесуэла
Peru Suriname Uruguay Venezuela

North American countries (Russian-RU)

Антигуа и Барбуда Багамские Острова Барбадос Белиз
Antigua and Barbuda Bahamas Barbados Belize

Канада Коста-Рика Куба Доминика
Canada Costa Rica Cuba Dominica

Сальвадор Гренада Гватемала
Dominican Republic El Salvador Grenada Guatemala

Республика Гаити Гондурас Ямайка Мексика
Haiti Honduras Jamaica Mexico

Никарагуа Панама Сент-Китс
и Невис
Nicaragua Panama St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia

и Гренадины
Тринидад и Тобаго Соединённые
Штаты Америки
St. Vincent and
the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago United States
of America

Oceanic countries (Russian-RU)

Аврстралия Федеративные
Штаты Микронезии
Фиджи Кирибати
Australia Federated States
of Micronesia
Fiji Kiribati

Науру Новая Зеландия Палау
Marshall Islands Nauru New Zealand Palau

Новая Гвинея
Самоа Соломоновы
Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga

Тувалу Вануату
Tuvalu Vanuatu

Asian countries (Russian-RU)

Афганистан Армения Азербайджан Бажрейн
Afghanistan Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain

Бангладеш Бутан Бруней Камбоджа
Bangladesh Bhutan Brunei Cambodia

Китай (Китайская
Народная Республика)
Республика Кипр Грузия Индия
China (People’s
Republic of China)
Cyprus Georgia India

Индонезия Иран Ирак Израиль
Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel

Япония Иордания Казахстан Кувейт
Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kuwait

Киргизия Лаос Либан Малайзия
Kyrgyzstan Laos Lebanon Malaysia

Мальдивы Монголия Мьянма (Бирма) Непал
Maldives Mongolia Myanmar (Burma) Nepal

Северная Корея
Корейская Народно-
демократическая Республика)
Оман Пакистан Государство Палестина
North Korea Oman Pakistan Palestine

Филиппины Катар Саудовская Арабия Сингапур
Philippines Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore

Южная Корея
(Республика Корея)
Шри-Ланка Сирия Тайвань
(Китайская Республика)
South Korea Sri Lanka Syria Taiwan
(Republic of China)

Таджикистан Таиланд Восточный Тимор Турция
Tajikistan Thailand Timor-Leste Turkey

Туркмения Объединённые
Арабские Эмираты
Узбекистан Вьетнам
Turkmenistan United Arab
Uzbekistan Vietnam


Introductory Phrases (Russian-RU)

Here are some basic introductory phrases to get you started. Russian has an informal form of “you” (singular “ты” and plural “вы”) and a formal (“Вы”).

До свидания! Goodbye!
Как тебя зовут?
Как Вас зовут?
What is your name?/What are you called?
Меня зовут ____. My name is _____./I am called _____.
Как твои дела?
Как Ваши дела?
How are you?
У меня (хорошо/плохо). I am (well/not well).
Сколько тебе лет?
Сколько Вам лет?
How old are you?
Мне ___ лет. I am ____ years old.
Где живешь?
Где живете?
Where do you live?
Живу в ____. I live in ______.
Доброе утро! Good morning!
Добрый день! Good day!
Добрый вечер! Good evening!
Спокойной ночи! Good night!
Пожалуйста. Please.
Спасибо. Thank you.